SK man arrested for pulling knife at K-Mart
June 12, 2008 · Updated 11:13 AM
A Port Orchard man who allegedly swung a knife at a K-Mart security guard while reportedly trying to make off with a handful of DVDs pleaded not guilty to a robbery charge in Kitsap County Superior Court Friday.
Anthony Luis Casillas, 19, was arrested Thursday afternoon by Bremerton Police shortly after the alleged shoplifting and assault occurred at the K-Mart store on Wheaton Way in Bremerton.
According to Det. Robbie Davis of the Bremerton Police Department, Casillas was observed concealing some DVD movies and leaving the store without paying for them.
When an employee contacted him outside the store, Casillas allegedly pulled out a knife and lunged at him, Davis said.
The employee was not injured, but Casillas escaped to a nearby neighborhood where he was later arrested by Davis.
According to the officer, the suspect admitted to taking the merchandise but claimed he pulled a knife because the employee attacked him.
Casillas was then booked into Kitsap County Jail on a first-degree robbery charge and held under $100,000 bail.
At his arraignment, Casillas was charged with second-degree robbery, a felony. Kitsap County Deputy Prosecutor Kathryn Portteus requested bail be kept high because she believed Casillas to be a flight risk.
The defendant has an extensive criminal history, including residential burglary and shoplifting, Portteus said.
Superior Court Judge Karlynn Haberly set his bail at $50,000. His trial is set for Jan. 26, with omnibus on Dec. 24. As of Monday, Casillas had not posted bail.